The Department of Licenses & Inspections reviews construction plans and conducts building inspections to ensure the safety of the workers and the public. Building permits are required before beginning projects to enlarge, repair, change, add to or demolish a structure, and to install equipment or systems in a structure. Plumbing and electrical permits, among others, may also be required for new or existing buildings.
Requirements and applications for permits and certificates are available online.
It may also be helpful to learn more about the codes and regulations
used in Philadelphia.
Complete Demolition Permit
Hot Works Permit
Sale of Fireworks Permit
Use of Explosives Permit
Fireworks Display Permit
Emergency and Standby Power Systems
Fire Alarm Systems
Special Hazard Systems
Deficiency Notices (For Fire Protection Professionals)
from the Department of Licenses and Inspections to Fire Protection Professionals Regarding Deficiency Notices
Deficiency Notice Forms:
You may Email
the completed and scanned deficiency notices.
Legally Required Inspections
Facade Inspection Reports
Owners of buildings six or more stories in height or any building with any appurtenance in excess of 60 feet in height shall be responsible for retaining a Professional to conduct periodic inspections of exterior walls any any appurtenances (except for those parts of any exterior wall which are less than twelve inches from the exterior wall of an adjacent building) and to prepare and file a report on such inspection with the owner.
For frequently asked questions on facade inspection reporting requirements, please view this advisory
The inspection report form: "Summary Inspection Report of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances
You may Email
the completed and scanned facade inspection reports.
Fire Escape Inspection Reports
Owners of buildings with fire escapes (or fire escape balconies) shall be responsible for retaining a Professional to conduct periodic inspections of the fire escape and to prepare and file a report on such inspection with the owner.
Please read this letter for additional information.
For frequently asked questions on fire escape inspection reporting requirements, please view this advisory.
The inspection report form: “Summary Inspection Report of Fire Escapes and Fire Escape Balconies.”
You may Email the completed and scanned fire escape and fire escape balconies reports.